College student "Catfished," photos used to lure new victims

ATLANTA, GA (CBS46) - An old scam, is being reinvented via social media and it's defrauding…

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An old scam, is being reinvented via social media and it's defrauding thousands of new victims.

Eighteen-year-old Andie Cafferatta's one of them. 

"She said that she could turn $100.00 into $1,000.00," said Cafferatta of the Instagram post she found. "You see a small little blonde girl and you don't really think, she could be wrapped up in a scam," claims Cafferatta.

The person who goes by the Instagram handle "Emma_Pluto" directed Andie to put $100.00 on a Greendot Moneypak card. All "Emma" wanted was the pin number on the back. 

The FBI tells CBS46, once you hand over that 14-digit pin it's over. 

"You just gave those scammers cash," said Special Agent Stephen Emmett with the Atlanta FBI.

CBS46 searched for "Emma." Some on-line digging and we found the girl in the pictures, but she wasn't "Emma."

"I want people to realize in no shape… or form is this account related to me and I would never do something like this, I would never get involved in fraudulent activity like this," said Morganelle Whiteley, a student at Kennesaw State University.

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